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Machine Quilting Beautiful Borders

with Eva Larkin Hawkins
Machine Quilting Beautiful Borders
Discover the beauty of borders! Join instructor Eva Larkin Hawkins for an exploration of how easy it can be to frame your quilts with gorgeous motifs.

Quilt borders often get overlooked, but instructor Eva Larkin Hawkins knows that they can transform a quilt right before your eyes. Follow along as Eva shows you how fast, easy and fun it can be to select, size and stitch motifs using templates and stencils. Put Eva's cutting, measuring and finishing techniques to use as you size, transfer and stitch any design of your choosing on virtually any project. Using basic mathematical equations and a selection of gorgeous designs, you'll soon discover a new passion for borders.

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Lesson plan

19:28

Lesson 1. Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, Eva Larkin Hawkins, and get off to a running start as you learn how to select and prepare fabric, and how to audition and pin your borders before quilting.

12:18

Lesson 2. Templates vs. Stencils

  • Learn about various types of templates and stencils, and how each one is made. Working with purchased or homemade materials, you'll learn how to create the designs you want and transfer them seamlessly into symmetrical patterns.

26:11

Lesson 3. Spacing the Motifs

  • Spacing can make a huge difference in your designs! Eva shares a mathematical formula that can be used to determine the exact number of repeated sequences you'll need for any border length. Practice along with Eva as she demonstrates measuring, marking and repeating various border patterns.

30:47

Lesson 4. Transferring & Stitching the Designs

  • Discover how to transfer and stitch Eva's diamond, heart and dart designs using wax paper, contact paper and other methods. You'll gain professional tips as you go, including stabilization methods and ways to ensure your design looks perfect before you start stitching.

20:18

Lesson 5. Continuous Border Designs

  • Explore all of your options for creating corners as you practice enlarging and reducing your design, calculating the placement of your patterns and reconciling the differences between the top and bottom border designs.

19:15

Lesson 6. Side Borders & Feathers

  • On to the side borders! In this lesson, you'll learn how to work with curved and straight feather shapes as you practice repeating patterns and making stencils for the side borders of your quilts.

18:36

Lesson 7. Top & Bottom Borders

  • Discover techniques for fitting feather designs into the top and bottom borders as Eva illustrates marking, measuring and transferring techniques. You'll learn how to integrate designs that start in the center or corners, and how to adjust the size accordingly.

27:18

Lesson 8. Stitching the Outer Border

  • Practice stitching the outer borders as Eva helps you navigate curved feathers, straight feathers, corner and center designs and more. You'll finish the class with helpful stitching techniques and inspiration for new projects!

"This class could not have been better timed. I just completed quilting all the blocks in my first non-practice quilt and was so stuck on how to tackle the borders. (Eva) explained the math part in a way I finally understood. Now I can get busy and finish the borders without fear. Thank you so much for teaching this class."
- Donna Peterson

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